Chinese Words

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  • #6379
     James no Bond 
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    Better ways to explain Chinese words

  • #6380
     James no Bond 
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    人
    The ancient word “人” is like a man bent over his side. The original meaning is an upright animal that knows how to be humble.
    shared by Siting Jia

    人 = rén = person
    乞 = qǐ = to beg
    乞人 = qǐ rén = begger
    猎 = liè = to hunt
    猎人 = liè rén = hunter
    恋 = liàn = to love
    恋人 = liàn rén = lover
    怕 = pá = to be afraid of
    怕人 = pá rén = timid / shy / scared
    死 = sǐ = to die
    死人 = sǐ rén = dead person
    同 = tóng = to be the same as
    同人 = tóng rén = colleagues
    来 = lái = to come
    来人 = lái rén = comer/visitor
    保护 = bǎo hù = to protect
    保护人 = bǎo hù rén = guardian
    病 = bìng = to be ill
    病人 = bìng rén = patient
    发行 = fā xíng = to publish
    发行人 = fā xíng rén = publisher
    受托 = shòu tuō = to be entrusted
    受托人 = shòu tuō rén = trustee

    shared by Saadat Ali

  • #6381
     James no Bond 
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    男
    ISN’T THIS INTERESTING? 😁In ancient China, men were laborers, they were going to work in the fields, and they needed strength. “男” is a meaning compound: it’s the males who use their strength (力) in the fields (田).
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  • #6382
     James no Bond 
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    女

    Do you know how “女” evolved from the ancient time? 😁
    “女” (nǚ) —— a rough stick drawing of a woman (with legs modestly crossed). It occurs as an independent character and means “woman” or, occasionally, “daughter”.
    shared by Siting Jia

  • #6385
     James no Bond 
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    马上 = mǎ shàng = immediately
    上马 = shàng mǎ = get on a horse
    事情 = shì qing = affair/matter/thing
    请事 = qíng shì = love affair
    出生 = chū shēng = to be born
    生出 = shēng chū = to give birth/put forth
    身上 = shēn shàng = on one’s body (hve sth)
    上身 = shàng shēn = upper part of the body.
    想要 = xiǎng yào = to want
    要想 = yào xiǎng = if (sb), want to…
    山上 = shān shang = on a mountain
    上山 = shàng shān = to go uphill
    现实 = xiàn shí = reality/actulity/real/actual
    实现 = shí xiàn = to come true / accomplish
    线路 = xiàn lù = channel
    路线 = lù xiàn = route / itinerary
    里头 = lǐ tou = inside
    头里 = tóu lǐ = ahead in front / in advance
    如何 = rú hé = how / what
    何如 = hé rú = how about
    天哪 = tiān na = oh god / good heavens
    哪天 = nǎ tiān = which day / when
    也是 = yě shì = be also
    是也 = shì yě = yes/ right/indeed
    人生 = rén shēng = life / human life
    生人 = shēng rén = stranger
    工人 = gōng rén = worker
    人工 = rén gōng = man-made / artificial
    人为 = rén wéi = to conduct / behavior
    为人 = wéi rén = man-made/artificial
    说明 = shuō míng = to explain/illustrate
    明说 = míng shuō = to speak frankly
    说话 = shuō huà = to speak / to say
    话说 = huà shuō = it is said that… ( to recount)
    租房 = zū fàng = to rent a house (verb)
    房租 = fàng zū = rental (Noun)
    女神 = nü shén = goddess
    神女 = shén nü = prostitute
    事故 = shì gù = accident
    故事 = gù shì = story
    女儿 = nü ér = daughter
    儿女 = ér nü = son and daughter/children
    上网 = shàng wǎng = to surf the internet
    网上 = wǎng shang = Online
    中心 = zhōng xīn = centre
    心中 = xīn zhōng = at heart / in mind
    对面 = duì miàn = opposite side
    面对 = miàn duì = to face/to confront
    刷牙 = shuā yá = to clean one’s teeth
    牙刷 = yá shuā = tooth brush
    几好 = jǐ hǎo = very good (Cantonese)
    好几 = hǎo jǐ = several/quit a few
    上线 = shàng xiàn =to sign in / to go online
    线上 = xiàn shàng = on-line
    明天 = míng tiān = tomorrow
    天明 = tiān míng = dawn / daybreak (v/n)
    头年 = tóu nián = first year
    年头 = nián tóu = year/years/long time.
    情人 = qíng rén = lover / sweetheart
    人情 = rén qíng = human feelings/human sympathy

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